Development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
Ideas to support learning at home:
- Share a book at bedtime.
- Make up a story together.
- Visit the local library so they can try new books regularly.
- When your child comes across an unfamiliar word explain to them what it means and write it on the fridge door with magnetic letters.
- Look at the front cover of an unfamiliar book and make predictions about the text.
- Read a range of writing such as cereal packets, signs in the supermarket, road signs, recipe books and information leaflets.
- Write notes to your child and leave them somewhere for them to find as a surprise such as in their lunch box, coat pockets, under their pillow, near a favourite toy or on their car seat.
- Talk about the pictures in the book.
- Allow children to see you reading.
- Carry out activities to strengthen pencil grip such as squishing play dough, picking up tiny objects or wind- up toys.
- Practise mark making or writing letters in shaving foam with a fingers – encourage correct formation straight away.
- Have lovely pieces of paper available for them to mark make when they choose.
- Ask children to write a shopping list, birthday card, invitation, wish list e.g. Christmas or birthday, menu or labels for toy boxes.
- If your child wants to write their name, please show them letters like this
NOT: JASON SHAZAIB
Letters and Sounds:
- Use letter sounds NOT letter names.
- Play eye spy.
- Talk about what sound objects begin with.
- Pick out certain letters in text such as cereal packets.
We will be holding a parent workshop to help give further information about how we teach Letters and Sounds, reading and writing and maths to help you support your child’s learning at home.